Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Why do the Conscientious Stay Healthier and Live Longer?
Conscientiousness, the best predictor of longevity when measured in childhood, also turned out to be the best personality predictor of long life when measured in adulthood. The young adults who were thrifty, persistent, detail oriented, and responsible lived the longest. There were several reasons that conscientiousness helped people live longer.
- First is that conscientious people are more likely to care more for their health and take less risks. They are less likely to drink, smoke, take drugs and drive too fast. They are also likely to wear their seat belts and follow doctors recommendations, not risk averse, but sensible about evaluating how far to push.
- Second is some people are biologically predisposed to be conscientious by not engaging in dangerous habits and thereby change the chemical make-up of their body creating healthier biology. By living healthier lifestyles they were much more likely to avoid illness and diseases.
- Third and most intriguing reason conscientious people live longer is they have healthier relationships at home, work, and in social settings.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. All disciplines affect each other. Mistakenly the man says, “This is the only area where I let down.” Not true. Every let down affects the rest. Not to think so is naive.” Jim Rohn
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Training Time
Training time is time spent during exercise, more specifically in target heart rate above 125 bpm. How much time you spend exercising will determine the results you achieve. Basic level exercise requirements are 150 minutes per week of cardiovascular training time. This is 3-5x per week minimum for 30 minutes or more each time, this is considered maintenance level exercise. Fitness improvement and basic weight loss requires 250-300 minutes per week to forward your fitness and improve aerobic and anaerobic energy systems that contribute to weight loss. Advanced level fitness training time is in the 8-10 hours per week to ready yourself for a half marathon level event. The book Younger Next Year recommends 6 days a week of exercise with 2 days per week dedicated to resistance training (weight training). We need to keep our bodies moving each day, how much you exercise will dictate your help for the rest of your life. Start tracking your training time to create the accountability you need to achieve the results you want.
Read more…The 7 Younger Next Year Rules
Nutrition Tip: One Nutrition Challenge at a Time
Those who would like to lose weight sometimes make wholesale dramatic changes in their nutrition strategy. While this does work for some individuals, generally this plan does not lead to long term healthy weight management. Trying to change everything at once can be daunting and tough to sustain over an extended time. Many times it can one or two food choices each day that cause people to be over-weight. One food choice each day (typically 300-500 calories) represents the recommended calorie deficit needed to lose weight. Making one less food choice each day can put you on your way to losing the weight you desire. Single out one food choice each day that is undermining your weight lose efforts. One less dessert, one less soft drink, one less second helping, or one less evening snack can be the difference. Determine the one food choice you make regularly that could be holding you back. Work on this one food choice each day to make progress without trying to change everything at once. One step at a time makes for a long journey completed.
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson
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